Increasing terrorist threats have led to a massive increase in special mission aircraft in Africa. Alan Warnes looks at the latest situation.
South African Airways' (SAA) financial state has come under close scrutiny over the last few year, along with its revolving door of CEOs. SAA acting general manager commercial Aaron Munetsi is an exception; he has been with the airline for just over 21 years. Munetsi
Air France-KLM has lengthy historical ties with Africa and today boasts one of the strongest networks to the continent. Victoria Moores caught up with Air France-KLM SVP Africa Frank Legré to learn about the group's expansion plans.
Erwan de Cherisey takes a detailed look at the Ghana Air Force operation in Mali.
After a false start in 2015, Air Djibouti is now spreading its wings under the watchful eye of support specialists Cardiff Aviation. Martin Rivers talks to Ian Patrick, the flag-carrier's commercial director.
Plans are under way to diversify Zambia's economy away from copper mining by developing the aviation and tourism industries. Humphrey Nkonde reports.
With the introduction of a new glass cockpit, the Super Mushshak has been unleashed with a new lease of life. As a result, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra, which builds the primary trainer, has won contracts with the air forces of Qatar and now
British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and Brazilian airframer Embraer are combining to supply redundant narrow-body regional airliners, largely from ex-US airlines, to Africa. Geoff Thomas reports.
Kevin Odhiambo Opiyo – IFEC Specialist takes a look at Africa's latest in flight connectivity position
Could there be light at the end of the tunnel for Nigeria's aviation fuel crisis? Chukwu Emeke investigates.
Managing air traffic safely and securely is a critical part of successful command and control operations. Keith Mwanalushi speaks to Dennis Miller, from Harris Corporation, to learn about the significance of tactical air traffic systems for Africa.
With Africa predicted to be one of the fastest-growing aviation regions over the next 20 years, the pressure on its aviation infrastructure is set to grow. Jon Lake reports.
East Africa presents clear opportunities for growing helicopter demand due to its vast remote areas with few airstrips. Githae Mwaniki has been looking at the rotary-wing industry in Kenya.
African customers of Cessna's Caravan account for around 10% of total production of the utility aircraft and military users are increasingly purchasing the type. But, asks Alan Dron, will the armed Combat Caravan find its way to the continent?
RwandAir recently took delivery of its first wide-body aircraft and, as African Aerospace was going to press, more were on the way. Kaleyesus Bekele looks at the rise and rise of the airline.
Ethiopian Airlines inaugurated its new $20 million catering centre in Addis Ababa late last year. Kaleyesus Bekele reports.
Collaboration between Africa's air traffic control authorities is growing but more needs to be done to encourage greater efficiency and quality of service, the 4th CANSO Africa conference heard. Alan Dron reports.
The growing focus on the use of technology throughout the African aviation industry is starting to attract the attention of one of the world's leading software companies. Steve Knight reports from the IFS World Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Initially planned to open in December 2015, the launch of Senegal's Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) is now scheduled for Q4 2017.
Around 35,000 annual road deaths, difficulties encountered in accessing the nation's oil refineries, plus 10,000 annual deaths resulting from problems getting to hospital, all point to a helicopter boost in Nigeria.
Badr Airlines is the latest in a growing list of carriers to join the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). Alan Peaford found about the airline and its ambitions.
Lindi-Lee Kirkman, International Air Transport Association (IATA) manager for safety and flight operations in Africa, looks at the issue of unifying the continent's airspace to determine if it is a dream or reality.
Pressure is mounting for increased MRO facilities in west Africa. Chukwu Emeke has been looking into the situation.
Chukwu Emeke turns the spotlight on Ghana's emerging hub status.
A new breed of aircraft could be the ideal trainer for the Gulf's growing carriers. Liz Moscrop reports
Alan Warnes takes a look at the maritime surveillance situation in Africa and finds it to be somewhat patchy.
Captain Ripton Muzenda became CEO of Air Zimbabwe in August 2016 and has been tasked with restructuring the airline he used to fly for. As he explained to Victoria Moores, this means adjusting its organisational and cost structures.
Kaleyesus Bekele gets the IATA perspective on the state of the African airline industry.
Senegal has upgraded its pair of Russian-supplied Mil Mi-24P 'Hind-F' helicopter gunships with a new Israeli high-definition electro-optical (EO) system.
Boeing's top man in Africa, Van Rex Gallard, talked with Victoria Moores about the continent's growth prospects as the US manufacturer celebrates its 100th birthday.
French manufacturer Dassault is celebrating its centenary this year and, as Alan Peaford discovers during a flight to Johannesburg from Paris, the company is entering its second century with innovation and optimism in equal measure.
Lockheed Martin is aggressively marketing its PZL subsidiary's M28 Skytruck to African customers looking to replace existing An-28s, Airbus C212s, and even Mi-17 helicopters. Jon Lake reports.
Will a new CEO provide the necessary impetus to get stuttering low-cost carrier, Fastjet, out of its financial rut? Alan Dron looks at the issues.
It was back in 1991 that ExecuJet opened up for business in Lansaria near Johannesburg to set a new standard in African business aviation. Today it is part of a much bigger global business. Alan Peaford finds out why.
The Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has announced plans for the acquisition of at least four modern aerospace surveillance radar systems to replace the obsolete technology at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) and expand national
An African C-130 Hercules could be completely rebuilt in Portugal. David Oliver looks at the company behind the project.
Most people agree that liberalising the west African air transport market would be good for the region. The problem is, as Chukwu Emeke reports, there are still many obstacles in the way of this happening.
ANAP Business Jets Limited (ANAP Jets) was founded on practicality and a desire to offer a missing service to Nigeria's developing economy. Liz Moscrop examines its business model
Air Austral, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius and Air Seychelles joined forces in 2015 to create the Vanilla Alliance, which is currently headed by Air Austral CEO Marie-Joseph Malé. A year on, as Victoria Moores reports, the alliance
Githae Mwaniki looks at the rise and rise of Kenya's Orly Airpark.
The African airfreight industry has registered a remarkable growth in the past few years but there's still much work to do. Kaleyesus Bekele reports from the Africa air cargo summit in Addis Ababa.
Humphrey Nkonde looks at the needs of the Zambia Flying Doctor Service, which has been in existence for more than five decades.
The Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) has allegedly failed to explain why it grounded three Dornier 228 turbo-prop surveillance aircraft, which could have been deployed effectively to provide aerial surveillance services to
Earlier this year, Air Côte d'Ivoire placed an order with Airbus for three A320neos and two A320s, the Ivorian national airline becoming the first African airline to order the A320neo.
Avanti Communications has led a new satellite-based project to help reduce the number of air traffic accidents on the African continent. Steve Nichols reports.
With fast-increasing passenger and cargo traffic at Entebbe International Airport, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has embarked on a multi-billion dollar plan to expand the country's only international airport. Muheebwa Hillary reports.
When Harold Okwa decided to try and solve the problem of excessively expensive charter rates for business aircraft in his native Nigeria, he realised that a new approach would be required. Alan Dron reports.
With a little help from Air France, Congo Airways is mapping out a safer future for the Democratic Republic of the Congo's notoriously deadly skies. Martin Rivers spoke to deputy chief executive Jerome Maillet about the one-year-old
South Africa's largest airport operator is on a mission and its CEO explains to Keith Mwanalushi the implications of doing business outside its borders and his response to how airports should deal with the growing threat of terrorism.
Liz Moscrop looks at the ambitious new addition to Lagos' charter market.
Co-operation between Boeing and South Africa's Paramount Group seems to have revitalized the African company's advanced high-performance reconnaissance light aircraft (AHRLAC) programme. Jon Lake reports.
Victoria Moores caught up with African Airlines Association (AFRAA) secretary general, Elijah Chingosho, ahead of this year's annual general assembly (AGA), which will be held on November 20-22 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Here's how the
Camair-Co is succumbing to the same financial malaise that grounded predecessor Cameroon Airlines. Chief executive, Jean Paul Nana Sandjo, tells Martin Rivers how the flag-carrier is fighting back.
Chukwu Emeke talks to the experts to explore privatisation options for Nigeria's airports.
Lockheed Martin is focusing increased attention on Africa as a market for its C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, in the face of stiff competition from the Airbus Defence C295, and the Alenia C-27J Spartan. Jon Lake reports.
Mohammed Yassin, the chief executive of Daallo Airlines, talks to Martin Rivers about the bombing of Flight 159 in Mogadishu.
Reunion Island carrier, Air Austral, has taken its first Boeing 787, joining the 21 African 787s already in service with Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and Royal Air Maroc. Victoria Moores reports.
Kaleyesus Bekele looks at the impact made at Ethiopia's Addis Ababa Bole International Airport by ICAS, the first private ground-handling company.
Githae Mwaniki spotlights the rise and rise of the east African low-cost carriers.
GCS Safety Solutions MD, Michael Grüninger, believes education is important in providing safe air transport, and that supporting AfBAA is a positive step in the right direction.
Algeria's substantial order for Russian combat helicopters indicates concern about both terrorists and international rivals, according to specialists on the region.
Airport improvements are being completed throughout Kenya. However, as Githae Mwaniki explains, there are still worries over the country's oversight regulation policy.
Ethiopia's air force has turned northwards – far northwards – in its efforts to keep some members of its elderly transport and training fleet airworthy.
Almost a year on from revealing the worst loss in Kenyan corporate history, the national carrier is deep into a major turnaround programme, as Alan Dron found out when he spoke to CEO Mbuvi Ngunze.
Erwan de Cherisey takes a close look at the Cameroonian Air Force's Z9WE attack helicopters.
Lomé aspires to become regional hub with a new state-of-the-art passenger terminal, as Kaleyesus Bekele discovers.
Victoria Moores looks at the facts behind the human tragedy of the LAM Mozambique Embraer 190 air crash as the final accident report is published.
Cape Verde's unique geography, landscape and demographics should be a blessing for state-owned Transportes Aéreos de Cabo Verde, (TACV). But, as Martin Rivers reports, the flag-carrier is struggling to turn potential into profits.
In an exclusive interview, the International Civil Aviation Organization's president of the council, Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, explains to Keith Mwanalushi how ICAO is responding to air transport challenges throughout Africa.
Recognising that many African economies are growing and noting that some African air forces need, or may soon need, new fighters, Saab is quietly promoting the Gripen. Jon Lake reports.
A small archipelago off the coast of west Africa is about to become a battlefield as two newcomers try to grab a slice of the local market from the national carrier. Alan Dron reports.
Four years after retiring, industry veteran Peter Hill is back in the driving seat of another flag-carrier – TAAG Angola – embarking on his biggest challenge to date at a parastatal beset by corruption and economic vulnerability. He talks to
Five years after launching operations, Asky Airlines made history last year by recording its first profit. Now the airline is unveiling exciting future plans. Kaleyesus Bekele met CEO, Henok Tefera, to find out more.
On September 3rd 1981 the first BAe 146 regional jetliner took to the skies from the British Aerospace airfield at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The aircraft – and its later-build successor, the Avro RJ – was destined to become Britain's most successful jet
West Africa, particularly Nigeria, are emerging as business aviation growth markets as the region continues to develop industries based on its natural resources, according to the Middle East's only African-owned aviation company.
Chukwu Emeke looks at the financial issues threatening Nigeria's airline business.
Egyptian aviation was dealt another blow by Thursday's disappearance of flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo
National Airways Corporation (NAC) is Africa's largest general aviation company. Ian Sheppard visited its Lanseria Airport base near Johannesburg and found that it is also one of Africa's most diverse aviation companies.
Zambian national, Nelly Chileshe Bupe, works as cabin crew looking after First Class passengers for Emirates combining her career with her passion for travelling. She has worked for the carrier for the past seven and a half years and has worked up
Oscar Nkala looks at some of the latest developments in airport security across Africa, which have taken on increased significance following the November 13 attacks in Paris.
The East Africa Community is moving towards creating a single bloc of sky above 24,000ft to improve safety and gain air traffic control efficiency and performance advantages. Hillary Muheebwa reports.
Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), in Lagos, is the first and only privately-funded terminal in Nigeria. Keith Mwanalushi spoke to the terminal's chief executive to see how new technology has transformed operations.
It is one of the most remote spots on the globe. Its population of around 4,500 has huge problems reaching the outside world. For St Helena, however, a new airport means that life is about to change dramatically. Alan Dron reports.
After 26 years with little progress, can Africa finally see Open Skies in 2017? That's the plan, and it's being shepherded through by AFCAC secretary general Iyabo Sosina, who spoke with Victoria Moores at November's AFRAA
Multi-skilled Susan Mashibe is bringing MRO to Tanzania. Marcella Nethersole reports.
Kaleyesus Bekele profiles the first privately owned flight catering company in Ethiopia.
Africa is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. But, while the rise in trade is boosting airfreight, infrastructural problems remain. Studies show that drones will be able to cater for 10 to 20% of regional cargo transportation in the future.
A young pilot and entrepreneur established National Airways, one of the fledgling private airlines in Ethiopia, in 2007. Nine years on, Kaleyesus Bekele talks to that man – captain Abera Lemi – about his company's progress.
The European Union launched the EU Naval Force's 'operation Atalanta' in December 2008 as part of its comprehensive approach to Somalia. Dave Oliver reports from Djibouti on its progress to date.
Slovenian private jet operator and manager, Elit'Avia, is building up its business in the west African marketplace, despite the challenges facing business aviation in the region. Alan Dron reports.
Belgian MRO specialist Sabena Aerospace has linked up with Equatorial Congo Air (ECAir) to create a central African MRO centre. As Alan Dron discovered, this will help instil an aviation culture in a new generation of local
Angola has steadily become one of Africa's most prominent business aviation hubs and that is down to one couple – Nuno and Alcinda Pereira, the founding partners of Bestfly Flight Support. Marcella Nethersole reports.
The Cameroonian armed forces have been in bitter conflict with Boko Haram (now Islamic State's west Africa province) since 2014 in a bid to prevent the terrorists from expanding their foothold in the country's northern territory. Erwan de Cherisey reports.